The remarkable success of the 1972 UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage is borne out by the fact that nearly 1,000 properties have now been designated as possessing Outstanding Universal Value and recognition given to the imperative for their protection. However, the remarkable success of the Convention is not without its challenges and a key issue for many Sites relates to the touristic legacies of inscription. For many sites inscription on the World Heritage List acts as a promotional device and the management challenge is one of protection, conservation and dealing with increased numbers of tourists. For other sites, designation has not brought anticipated expansion in tourist numbers and associated investments. What is clear is that tourism is now a central concern to the wide array of stakeholders involved with World Heritage Sites.
'This volume provides an exploration of current themes in World Heritage Site tourism using case studies from nearly every portion of Earth. Contained within are excellent discussions of topics not covered elsewhere: the social life of heritage tourism sites, the absence of gender in heritage, and the role of intangibility. It is a useful addition to any heritage tourism library.' Daniel C. Knudsen, Indiana University, USA ’This collection of essays provides a well-rounded, global overview of many important issues in the context of sustainable World Heritage Site management. Its contributors deliver a wide-ranging array of empirical case studies and tasty conceptual tidbits we all need to appreciate better as we strive to understand tourism, heritagization processes and the consumption of tangible and intangible pasts.’ Dallen J. Timothy, Arizona State University, USA